Youth On Their Own
1660 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
- Education Support
- High School Graduation
- Non-Profit Organization
- Personal Development
Fundraisers We Support
- Talk of the Town
Hours of OperationYOTO Office - Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM
YOTO Home Store - Thursday-Saturday, 9 AM - 6 PM
Youth On Their Own (YOTO) supports the high school graduation of homeless unaccompanied youth ages 13 through 21 in Tucson and the surrounding areas. Students are enrolled in public schools – including charter and alternative schools – and are motivated to obtain their high school diplomas despite personal and financial hardship.
YOTO youth, through no fault of their own, lack a parent or long-term legal guardian physically involved in their lives and a stable, permanent nighttime residence. The absence of caring, adult support and a consistent home environment is not conducive to successful academic performance, placing this population at great risk of dropping out of high school. Statistics show that, without a high school diploma, they are likely to continue the cycle of poverty and reliance on social services, and are at increased risk for substance abuse, incarceration and mental health problems throughout adulthood.
YOTO provides students with support and steps to success as they work to obtain their high school diplomas. With community contributions and support, YOTO has assisted over 12,000 students in achieving their educational and personal goals to graduate high school and become self-sufficient, productive adults within their communities.